Based on real events, from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive.
"A Hidden Life is a work of genius, at last a justification of Malick's late style." David Sexton, London Evening Standard
Sam Mendes, the Oscar®-winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.
At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (Captain Fantastic’s George MacKay) and Blake (Game of Thrones’ Dean-Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.
Starring George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch.
From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweller always on the lookout for the next big score.
When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.
"An exhilarating, full-blown assault of a movie!" Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
An avid Dickens fan, Armando Iannucci (the award-winning writer/director of The Thick of It, In the Loop, Veep and The Death of Stalin) adapts here, alongside frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell, employing his comedic mastery and vivid characterisations to bring to life one of Dickens’ most cherished characters in THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD.
From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.
The film stars Dev Patel in the title role alongside a wealth of British talent including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw and Paul Whitehouse.
Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life.
In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters – four young women each determined to live life on her own terms -- is both timeless and timely. Portraying Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth March, the film stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, with Timothée Chalamet as their neighbour Laurie, Laura Dern as Marmee, and Meryl Streep as Aunt March.
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Screenplay by: Greta Gerwig
Based on the Novel by: Louisa May Alcott
This documentary about the Durham Miners’ Gala is a fascinating insight into a culture still defined by coal mining.
Since 1871 the Durham Miners’ Gala has been a cultural fixture in the North East. Part parade, part political rally and wholly working-class, ‘The Big Meeting’ is a celebration and preservation of a community created and then almost destroyed by the coal industry.
Daniel Draper’s thoughtful documentary follows the preparations and the day of the 2018 gala. It is a portrait of people whose lives are defined by mining. Although the pits are long-closed, what they stood for lives on!
"Daniel Draper shows that even after the pits have closed a defiant spirit lives on in the inspiring Durham Miners' gala." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
We are delighted to be joined by director, Daniel Draper and Mike Jackson and Brett Haran from LGSM (Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners) for a post screening panel discussion.
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The northeast African country is in a state of political and cultural instability, the result of unresolved trauma from decades of war and an increasingly hostile attitude towards culture that has resulted in the disappearance of countless cinemas.
Filmmaker Suhaib Gasmelbari follows Ibrahim Shadad, Manar Al Hilo, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim and Altayeb Mahdi, four veteran members of the Sudanese Film Club, as they embark on a journey in which they aim to return cinemagoing culture back to the country.
In the years that it has been absent, theatres have been turned into mosques and factories but these men are passionate and determined to restore neglected classics from Sudan’s cinematic past.
Their challenges in achieving their goal, seem almost insurmountable but their story is told with the belief that film matters to a society whose government no longer contemplates the idea of freedom of expression. An important and beautiful film.
Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play Victorian lightkeepers sticking out a four-week stint on a jagged windswept island. Thomas is the grizzled, demonic older man who is supposed to be training the younger Ephraim. Yet there is little guidance in their increasingly drunken meals or in Thomas’ flinty banter – ‘Thirteen Christmases at sea. Little ones at home. She never forgave it’.
As these sea dogs’ grog runs low and phantoms begin to beset the island, this deliciously gothic thriller becomes ever-more distinctive, compelling, and wild.
A future cult classic.
"The Lighthouse seeps into your bones with a power that won't let go." Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
From the imagination of Bong Joon-ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), Parasite finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world.
The Kims are living a marginal life when their son fakes his way into becoming the English tutor for the ultra-wealthy Park family. Soon all four of the family members have roles in their hyper-stylish modern home, having used every dirty trick in the book. But the house hides secrets that are way outside the Kim’s scheme.
Already the most successful Palme d’Or winner ever, Parasite is what happens when the have-nots have their day. A deliciously fun poisoned cocktail of dark humour, social satire and perfect set pieces, this gripping thriller is a sensational experience that keeps surprising to its last drop.
We are delighted to be offering a preview screening of Parasite followed by a satellite Q&A with director, Bong Joon-ho.
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.
Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity.
Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide "indispensable" luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household.
When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims' newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks.
"This is a dazzling work, gripping from beginning to end, full of big bangs and small wonders." Dave Calhoun, Time Out
The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.
"This hard-boiled piece of pulp fiction thaws into a hysterically violent absurdist comedy about the implosion of the Japanese underworld." David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Romance and art entwine in PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE, a sumptuous new masterpiece from Céline Sciamma (TOMBOY, GIRLHOOD) and we are delighted to be offering a special Valentine's Day Preview screening.
Set in late 18th century France, painter Marianne (Noémie Merlant) is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint the wedding portrait of her sheltered but headstrong daughter Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), in the hope it will find her a wealthy husband.
While posing as her hired companion, Marianne is instructed to complete the portrait in secret, observing Héloïse by day and painting her by night. However, as the two women grow closer, their intimacy and attraction begins to blossom, paving the way for a simmering, star-crossed romance.
A heartbreaking period piece told with a distinctly modern feminist energy, PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is the first female-directed film to win the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, where it also won the Best Screenplay award.
"Real love may be fleeting, but as Portrait of a Lady on Fire explains, art and memory are immortal." Clarisse Loughrey, The Independent
James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live via satellite to cinemas from the West End in London.
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano - or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.
When Ocho (Juan Barberini), a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona, spots Javi (Ramón Pujol), a Spaniard from Berlin, from the balcony of his Airbnb, the attraction is subtle but persistent. After a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter escalates to a seemingly random hookup. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other's histories-and maybe even their destinies?
"Castro's feature-length directorial debut is a profound and casually artful expression of the lengths to which people go in order to not have to embody their desires." Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification.
An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardising the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing moral dilemmas even as they continue providing essential emergency medical services.
"In this outstanding documentary, a family of emergency medical workers struggles both to save lives and to make a living." New York Times
Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter.
As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. Engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention, Garry’s few remaining days at home are a chaotic whirlwind of love, sex, panic and soul-searching.
Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.
Inspired to write because no one took a “little black girl” seriously, Morrison reflects on her lifelong deconstruction of the master narrative. Woven together with a rich collection of art, history, literature and personality, the film includes discussions about her many critically acclaimed works, including novels “The Bluest Eye,” “Sula” and “Song of Solomon,” her role as an editor of iconic African-American literature and her time teaching at Princeton University.
A documentarian (Udo Kier) heads deep into the Brazilian outback to profile a small village that recently lost its matriarch in his latest film. As his relationship with the locals' grows, he witnesses their true selves coming to light and unpacks the unusual and mysterious secrets they have buried. Written and directed by filmmaking duo Kleber Mendonça Filho Juliano Dornelles, the film also stars Sônia Braga and Barbara Colen.
"This disquieting horror-style western about a town under siege from a mysterious threat is executed with ruthless clarity." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
A passionate tale of love and liberation set amidst the ultraconservative confines of modern Georgian society, AND THEN WE DANCED follows Merab, a devoted dancer who has been training for years with his partner Mary for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble.
The arrival of another male dancer, Irakli, gifted with perfect form and equipped with a rebellious streak, throws Merab off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future in dance as well as his relationship with Mary and his family.
"Levan Akin has made an inherently political film, and rendered it in sensitive terms with a celebratory spirit, not to mention a culture rarely seen onscreen. It’s one of the year’s best gay films." Jude Dry, IndieWire
Cosmo Jarvis (Lady Macbeth) and BAFTA nominee Barry Keoghan (The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk), two of the UK and Ireland’s fastest-rising stars, go head-to-head in director Nick Rowland’s gripping feature debut.
In dark rural Ireland, ex-boxer Arm (Jarvis) has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, while at the same time desperate to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.
CALM WITH HORSES is written by Joe Murtagh; directed by Nick Rowland; produced by Dan Emmerson, Rory Gilmartin, and Kate Glover; and executive produced by Michael Fassbender, Conor McCaughan, Andrew Lowe, and Ed Guiney.
"As a statement of intent, it's unequivocal: Rowland combines striking visual flair with razor-wire character studies." Wendy Ide, Screen International
Legends of French cinema Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche join masterful filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Still Walking) to paint a moving portrait of family dynamics in THE TRUTH. Fabienne (Catherine Deneuve) is an aging French movie star who, despite her momentary lapses in memory, remains a venerable force to be reckoned with. Upon the publication of her memoirs, her daughter Lumir (Juliette Binoche) returns to Paris from New York with her husband (Ethan Hawke) and their young daughter to commemorate its release.
A sharp and funny battle of wits ensues between the mother-daughter duo, as Lumir takes issue with Fabienne's rose-colored version of the past. Reflected cleverly by Fabienne's latest role in a sci-fi drama, their strained relationship takes a poignant journey toward possible reconciliation.
Charming, bold, and imbued with endless emotional insight, THE TRUTH offers a relatable look at human relationships, featuring exquisite performances from its all-star cast.
Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche & Ethan Hawke
Wild and troubled, 9-year-old Benni (Helena Zengel) keeps getting expelled from one foster home after another due to her uncontrollable aggression. Too young to be held in treatment programmes and too violent to stay in group homes, she is a ‘system crasher’ – the unofficial, controversial name given to children who slip through the cracks of the German Child Protective Services. But all is not lost, and thanks to a caring child care worker, a seed of hope appears as Benni is given an anger management trainer to escort her to school and help during the school days.
Helena Zengel is completely outstanding in her performance as Benni, commanding the attention of the viewer every second of the way. Director, Nora Fingscheidt – who based her multi award-winning script on considerable research – demonstrates that it may not be the child who is too difficult to handle, but rather the system that is ill-equipped to deal with cases too far outside their tightly defined norms.
"Suffused with sympathy but also a dose of bitter realism and shot with a freewheeling energy." – Screen International
In an effort to save their child from the massive extermination of Jews, a Jewish couple send their son to hide in the countryside with a relative somewhere in Eastern Europe. The little boy's aunt dies unexpectedly and the stray child is suddenly forced to hit the road and make it on his own in a hostile world governed by hate, fear and violence. Struggling for pure survival, he journeys a world run by locals and villagers driven by prejudice, superstition and their own rules.
When the war ends, however, his fight for survival is replaced by another struggle - a struggle he may not even be aware of, a struggle with himself, a struggle for his own soul, and his future...
"Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel and Udo Kier star in this phantasmagorical horror about eastern Europe that saw half the Venice audience walk out. I couldn’t look away."
Xan Brooks, The Guardian
One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.
In his 93 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.
Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with David Attenborough live from the World Premiere at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.
19.25 – Satellite Introduction
19.30 – Film
21.00 – Satellite Q&A
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A new play by Lucy Kirkwood
One life in the hands of 12 women.
Rural Suffolk in England, 1759. As the country waits for Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to hang for a heinous murder.
When she claims to be pregnant, a jury of 12 matrons are taken from their housework to decide whether she’s telling the truth, or simply trying to escape the noose. With only midwife Lizzy Luke prepared to defend the girl, and a mob baying for blood outside, the matrons wrestle with their new authority, and the devil in their midst.
James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) directs Maxine Peake (The Theory of Everything, Funny Cow) and Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls, Mr. Selfridge) in this bold and gripping thriller from Tony Award-nominated writer Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica, Skins).
Broadcast live from the National Theatre in London.